Our projects

One of our main activities is to coordinate or participate as partner in European projects where we encourage innovation, exchange of good practices, development of new educational tools for young people, adults and teachers. Topics of our interest are strategic partnerships, VET education and youth mobility in the field of education.

Subjects for our projects are: Labour market issues incl. career guidance / youth unemployment; Enterprise, industry and SMEs (incl. entrepreneurship); ICT – new technologies – digital competences; overcoming skills mismatches (basic/transversal); EU citizenship; social dialogue; peace education.

With its network of local and European non-profit organisations, public bodies, private companies, Alphabet Formation is a strategic partner whose expertise in project management can be an asset in the development of Belgian communities.

Hate speech is one of the most prolific forms of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia in Europe. It represents a serious threat to freedom, democracy, values and respect of human rights across the continent and over.

Summary
EU CAN (European Counter and Alternative Narratives Network), designed and coordinated by Alphabet Formation and its partners, aims to take an action against hate speech and youth radicalization providing appropriate educational tools for our local communities to tackle these issues
The EU CAN Network, formed by local authorities, NGO’s, trainers, social workers and CSO’s, is committed to support integration and democratic participation through education as the antidote to hate. We will fight the current situation by:
– working to teach young citizens the value of tolerance and democratic culture with ambitions to actively combat stigmatization of immigrants and build counter narratives to hate speech
– propose powerful alternative narratives to dismantle hateful narratives thus promoting democratic, intercultural engagement and civic participation of both citizens and non-EU foreign.

Democratic engagement and civic participation
Topics: peace education – hate speech – prevention of radicalization

Summary
One of the key priority of Europe 2020 Strategy is to raise “Europe’s employment rate – more and better jobs, especially for women, young people and older workers” so to achieve a benchmark of “75% employment rate for women and men aged 20-64 by 2020 – achieved by getting more people into work. One obstacle is represented by the gap between low-skilled and low-qualified adults from the labor market. The demand for digital technology professionals has grown by 4% annually in the last ten years. Yet digital skills are lacking in Europe at all levels. Within this context, though the project we will identify solutions to help adult students to be inserted in the labor market establishing effective links between adult schools and the world of work and entrepreneurship using social media and ICT.

The main aim is to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of adult learners using social media and ICT to create new e-enterprises ensuring increased opportunities for being incorporated in the labor market in an effective way. Through this project we want to impact 100 adult teachers, 30 enterprises and 400 adult students (50% with fewer opportunities)
We achieve our aim through the following activities:

  • 1″e-entrepreneurship” training package (video lessons)
  • Adult teachers, trainers test the training package to encourage young adults to create new e-enterprises
  • National training experience “how to become an e-entrepreneur”, using social media and ICT
  • International training experience on “Adopt an enterprise experience” exploiting social media and ICT.
  • Workshops about social media and ICT usage to create new e-enterprise in Europe.
  • International Conference about “International e-entrepreneurship” to promote the project results and activities

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Topics: Enterprise, industry and SMEs (incl. entrepreneurship) ICT – new technologies – digital competences Inclusion – equity

Summary
WBL experiences in all forms (apprenticeships, traineeships, dual schemes and job shadowing) at local, regional, national or transnational level equip VET students with a broad range of skills which opens doors to personal fulfilment and development, social inclusion, active citizenship and employment. These include key competences and transversal skills and such as digital competences, entrepreneurship, critical thinking, problem solving learning to learn.
Through the project Quality qualification for VET we aim to improve the cooperation between VET providers and companies in order to provide a market oriented training offer and business driven learning paths to the VET students, teachers and trainers. We evaluate the real impact of WBL experiences on the skills and employability of VET students and teachers and offer quality work based Learning opportunities at local, regional, national and transnational level to VET students and improve apprenticeships, dual schemes and traineeships’ effectiveness.
The expected outcomes of the project are: 1 QQVET transnational network, 1 impact study on WBL experiences on multiple levels, QQVET documentary series, 1 pack of recommendations for VET students, teachers, trainers, VET providers, enterprises and public bodies

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training
Topics: Overcoming skills mismatches (basic/transversal) Quality Assurance Labour market issues incl. career guidance / youth unemployment

Summary
The emergence of violent and terrorist attacks in Europe has risen big concerns. Although terrorist radicalization can happen at any age, young people in search of a sense of belonging, purpose, and/or identity may be more vulnerable to violent extremism. This is fueled by the lack of opportunities and future perspectives for youth, which led to social exclusion situation where young people can feel lost and susceptible to extremists ‘propaganda’. Civil society, especially youth workers, can offer credible alternatives to violent extremism, including in terms of narratives, role models and opportunities for mobilization, such as democratic participation, civic engagement, access to health and social services and employment opportunities.
The aim of the project is to tackle youth radicalization and extremis by strengthening the role and work of youth and civil society organizations and equip the youth workers with non-formal and peace education methodologies and strategies to build up personal Resilience and resistance to extremist behaviour. We raise awareness about extremists’ recruitment strategies to reach out and approach youth, online and individually.

Key Action: Learning Mobility of Individuals
Action Type: Youth mobility
Topics: Social dialogue Inclusion – equity Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy)

Summary
The transition from education to labour market is becoming more and more difficult to be completed.
ICT tools and social media channels can be useful allies for youngsters to find a job in a safe and responsible way. In the same time, the HR managers and job recruiters are exploiting social networks and web platforms to search for suitable candidates; nonetheless in many cases young people seems not be aware of the importance to protect their own reputation online, especially while searching for job opportunities. Through this project we want to equip youth workers and leaders with knowledge, competences and skills as well as innovative and interactive methodologies to empower the employability of young people.
The main aim is to promote youth employment through an effective and appropriate use of digital tools, especially social media. During the training course we will explore through “digital mentoring” how to create and preserve a digital identity and thus becoming suitable candidates on the labour market. At the end of the training course, the participants will turn into digital mentors, well-skilled and prepared to mentor young people on how to create a maintain a good digital identity to successfully enter the European labour market

Key Action: Learning Mobility of Individuals
Action Type: Youth mobility
Topics: Labour market issues incl. career guidance / youth unemployment EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy ICT – new technologies – digital competences

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